[Image courtesy Arthur M. Sackler Gallery]
Here's a preview of things I'll explore soon. On the museum beat, Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan opens at the Sackler at the end of the month. This exhibition blends the real with the virtual -- ancient sculpture with digital elements. I'm intrigued because of my interest in Chinese art, but I'm also curious about the highly creative use of digital technology.
Previously on view at the Smart Museum of Art, the landmark show uses advanced 3-D scanning equipment to reconstruct a lost Chinese treasure. In the 20th century, the contents of the stone temples were dismantled and offered for sale on the global art market. For the new exhibition, an imaging team photographed and scanned roughly 100 pieces scattered around the world in museums and private collections -- objects thought to be from Xiangtangshan -- to recreate the original appearance of the caves. Visitors to the Sackler will see the largest version of the installation, encompassing 13 Xiangtangshan sculptures from the permanent collection of the Freer Gallery of Art.
[My hand-painted striped pillow]
Shifting gears to something far more humble, the fourth installment of my "Projects" series will deal with hand-painting fabric. You're probably having visions of summer camp projects gone bad, but I couldn't resist a little experimenting.
[Middle collage credits clockwise from top left: my copy of Nada Chaldecott's book, Dhurries; striped dress from Calypso St. Barth; George IV Mahogany Daybed, Circa 1830, Niall Hobhouse Collection, Christie's; Nathan Turner project -- Amanda Peet's house photographed by Coliena Rentmeester, domino, December/January 2008; vintage dhurrie and mid-century vintage sofa both from Turner's store.]
The final inspiration board is heavy on Nathan Turner.
[Again, Nathan Turner interior design. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna, domino, December/January 2009.]
But if I decide my project leaves something to be desired, there will soon be a new pillow-filled shop in town. Next month, Atlanta's Westside will welcome another boutique: Jonathan Adler's 14th free-standing location opens at 1198 Howell Mill Road on Friday, March 25. The 3,000 square-foot store will occupy a reclaimed building next to Taqueria del Sol. Hand-loomed wool pillow and leather elephant footstool shown above are both samples of JA's current wares.
Related past post: Projects: Block-Printing on Linen.